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BIA GAYOTTO

As Above So Below, FOMA, Santa Fe, NM
As Above So Below, FOMA, Santa Fe, NM
Uprooted (Timber Ridge #2)
Uprooted (Timber Ridge #1)
Uprooted (Moonraker #1)
Uprooted (Spurclose #1)
Uprooted (Spurclose #2)
Uprooted (Spurclose #4)
Uprooted (Longmeadow #1)
Uprooted (Longmeadow #2)
Uprooted (Longmeadow #3)
Uprooted (Highway #1)
Uprooted (Highway #2)
Uprooted (Anapolis)
Uprooted (Chapel #1)
Uprooted (Chapel #2)

uprooted #1-10, 2023
Archival pigment print, 24x34" each

After two decades of drought, California experienced bomb cyclones and atmospheric rivers in early 2023. This series of color photographs, made at The Sea Ranch on the Sonoma coast where I live, pays homage to over 500 fallen trees, and their upended visible roots. Inspired by Goethe’s theory that lightness and darkness create the colors and render the world recognizable, I've been exploring ways to make visible something that is not seen on the original photograph. I use the negative image as a conceptual strategy to see the energy of the tree in a new way, and unveil the below the surface world invisible to the naked eye. Like an X-ray, the negative image is not manipulated nor altered.

 

“Uprooted” evokes an entropic state of being pulled from the ground, suggesting connections between macro and micro, above and below, darkness and light. The massive plant’s root foundation when exposed, reveals a glimpse into the psychic life of an otherwise unseen world, beckoning the viewer to reimagine the reality of climate change and the many events that shape our movements, and the changes in our own lives.

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